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  • Girls, Women, role models and fairy tales…

    April 6, 2017 | Posted By: | Thoughts |

    Girls, women, history and ‘fairy tales’…. I was in discussion at a school recently, asking if World Women’s day was acknowledged and discussed. I also bemoaned the lack of women on the curriculum. I was quite restrained for me and accepted that perhaps content was dictated by government, they did have a ‘get-out’ option. The […]

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    A New Year?

    January 30, 2015 | Posted By: | Thoughts |

    The end of January; I’m glad the darkness is receding. It’s been a hard month for some of my loved ones and I know February will be tough. The skies are heavy, low and overbearing with a grey that feels as if it will dampen all around. I started writing this at Midwinter which I […]

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    A Woman’s Tale

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    May 8, 2014 | Posted By: | Thoughts · Work |

    A universal story of mankind is one that touches you no matter your gender or background. This is why Shakespeare is still relevant. I was never really interested in gender specifics, the characters I wanted to play were the ones that dealt with ‘big’ issues and they were often male, especially when you look at […]

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    A Girls own story…

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    May 1, 2014 | Posted By: | Thoughts |

    I recently read an article on the BBC website about the lack of female driven drama, it was saying that this was a surprise post ‘Buffy’ and a huge surprise due to the success of that show – I confess I never watched ‘Buffy’ when it came to our screens, odd really as I love […]

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    Thought on creativity and silence…

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    January 16, 2014 | Posted By: | Thoughts |

    I have been reading Sara Maitland’s ‘A Book of Silence’, it has been profoundly medative, both from a spiritual and creative perspective, and has lead me into 2014 with many questions and a new resolve for my writing. It isn’t a New Year for me; I take the beginning of spring, March, to be my […]

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    ‘Gossip from the Forest’ – some thoughts

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    September 13, 2013 | Posted By: | Reviews · Thoughts |

    Gossip from the Forest by Sara Maitland I saw this book advertised and it spoke to me, reached out and said you must read me – you must buy me. So I did, not as an e-book, it needed to be tangible, touched and kept. It promised the connection to things that stir me; trees, […]

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    Stories….

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    May 30, 2013 | Posted By: | Thoughts |

    Stories – where do they come from? Why are they so important? An archaic need to connect, explain, explore and indulge. Being lost in a story, drawn into its atmosphere, that almost blocks all else out is indulgent, so stimulating and wonderful, that one savours it like good wine, fine food, deep whisky and the […]

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    The Dark Point

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    March 21, 2013 | Posted By: | Thoughts · Work |

    A tale begins… In 1998 I was driving from Bradford-on-Avon to Bath,via Monkton Farley and was heading down ‘Sally in the Woods’ when I thought I saw something out of the corner of my eye.  It was twilight; the tress on either side cast even more shadows and mystery. My mind began thinking that this […]

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    Sweet Tooth – A book club choice

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    March 7, 2013 | Posted By: | Reviews |

    Ian McEwan Sweet Tooth: Coming back to a book gives you a different perspective on the story, narrative and ideas. My first reading of this book was very different to my second and perhaps also because it became a book club choice. I relished the fact that it was an Ian McEwan book that I enjoyed […]

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    A return to poetry….

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    December 24, 2012 | Posted By: | Thoughts |

    It is a need, a desire for meaning and substance. Metaphor gives us a glimpse of something more, something caught out of the corner of our eyes, something intangible. It gives substance to a feeling, mood and time that is beyond comparable understanding. It is the hug, smile, recognition of life that can be at […]

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  • Thoughts on a book club book

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    December 2, 2012 | Posted By: | Reviews |

    The Land of the Green Plums by Herta Müller and translated by Michael Hofmann. Seen through the eyes of a group of students this is a bleak and distressing exploration of Ceausescu’s reign of terror in Romania. The book is set in a world inhabited by the author. It isn’t imagined, it is felt and the distance […]

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    My Own Blog

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    November 22, 2012 | Posted By: | Family & Friends |

    I am very lucky to have friends and family who help me so much … Hopefully I will be able to write and publish my blog.

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    Marnie’s First Blog Entry

    July 25, 2012 | Posted By: | Family & Friends |

      Blog entries can look like anything you want. I will give you a lesson in them at some point in the near future, perhaps when you come to London. Marnie writes about spending time with wonderful friends who inspire her (te he)… x

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